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Luther Seminary professor Mark Granquist awarded St. Paul, Biglerville Prize

Mark Granquist

Mark Granquist, associate professor of church history at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, is the recipient of the St. Paul, Biglerville Prize in Lutheran history for his book, co-authored with Dr. Maria Erling, The Augustana Story: Shaping Lutheran Identity in North America.

The grant is awarded by the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic (LHSMA). Granquist’s work is one of two books to receive this year’s award, given during the society’s annual meeting. The award was established in 1990 by St. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, to honor Pastor Frederick K. Weiser, who made significant contributions to the study of Pennsylvania Germans.

“I’m pleased and honored to have our book recognized by the LHSMA ,” Granquist said. “Maria Erling and I worked hard to write a new, broader, and more inclusive kind of denominational history that we hope will be a model for histories of other Lutheran groups.”

The Augustana Story traces the roots of and sheds clarity on the Augustana Lutheran Church while also making use of archival material located in Sweden.

“Mark Granquist is becoming one of the chief historians of the Lutheran story in North America today.”

“Mark Granquist is becoming one of the chief historians of the Lutheran story in North America today,” said Luther Seminary President Richard Bliese. “His work matters because it is capturing not only where we’ve been as a church but, as a consequence, where we are going.”

In a statement released by the LHSMA, Stephen Herr, LHSMA president, said, “Erling and Granquist had made a significant contribution to our understanding of the Lutheran church’s history in the United States.”

Granquist holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Prior to his position at Luther Seminary, he spent 15 years teaching church history at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Granquist is the director for circulation and development for the journal Lutheran Quarterly. He is also the managing editor for the “Faithful and Reforming: 500 Years of Lutherans in America” column in Metro Lutheran.

Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities called and sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s world.

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